New Life — January 20, 2014 (Monday)

Today’s Verses:

Acts 5:17-20

Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

Today’s Questions:

What do you think the reaction of the apostles was when the angel told them to go stand in the temple courts to tell people about life in Christ given that they had just been imprisoned as a result of their healing and teaching?

How do you describe your life in Christ? How is it different than your life before you knew Christ?

What do you say to someone who asks you what it means to have new life in Christ?

Today’s Prayer:

Father, there was a day I never could have imagined this new life. Thank you for interrupting my old life and blessing me with the new life of now and the new life to come. I want to be different, Lord. I want to look at the world and what it cares about and worries over, and see that I am different. I am concerned about what your eyes see, what your heart desires, and whom you love. As I walk through my day, show me, Father, those things I hold onto like the world does and help me to release them. Remind me, Father, that you have unlimited goodness and are just waiting to pour out your blessing on me.

Go A Little Deeper:

Review Romans 6:1-4 for another description of new life in Christ.

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2 thoughts on “New Life — January 20, 2014 (Monday)”

  1. Very timely devotional for me to read. I invited a friend to go to church with me at Willow on Saturday night. This is a friend who isn’t sure what she believes. As we were walking out I had the opportunity to answer those very questions about my life in Christ. My prayer is always that the Holy Spirit will give me the words to say to be a bridge and not a stumbling block to building or growing a relationship with Christ. Giving a sincere, thoughtful response, not a “canned” response (hope that makes sense). We stood in the parking lot (forgetting about the freezing cold :), both with tears in our eyes. For me the tears were thankful tears because she was wanting to know more and I could feel the Holy Spirit working and for her, I felt they were tears of sincere searching and feeling something she hadn’t felt before. In our conversation, I reiterated something that Bill said in his message…”you’re a prayer away from beginning that journey with Christ. That’s exactly what happened for me.

    Thanks again for sharing your daily devotionals. They are definitely an encouragement.

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